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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Pituitary
Answer: This would be an uncommon reaction to Parlodel, but it does restore normal pituitary(hence sexual hormone) function. Discuss it with your doctor, I suspect you are merely experiencing normal sexual drive after a hiatus. Prolactin secreting tumors are slightly more common in women,but seen in many men.
Pituitary Adenomas [posted
Answer: Pretty similar in terms of effect. A little less nausea in some patients and easier to take. More expensive. A little better drug if you have a drug reimbursement program, worth a try and see which one is better tolerated.
Pituitary Problems [posted
Answer: Normal, but high normal. I'd try a month or two of bromocriptine or equivalent and see what happens to your symptoms. However, I suspect the hair on your chin indicates a variation of Stein-Leventhal Syndrome (polycystic ovaries). Have you had an ultrasound of the ovaries. Also, with the hair, I'd check to ensure that you don't have excessive testosterone.
Hypopituitarism - Cortisone and
Answer: Hypopituitarism is a rare but serious condition where the pituitary gland does not function adequately. Since the pituitary gland is the primary source for many of the body's major hormones and chemicals, this condition has a wide and varied list of symptoms, and complications. You stated that you are taking both Thyroxine and cortisone. Thyroxine is a thyroid hormone supplement, used to replace the deficient amount of thyroid hormone your thyroid gland is not making (the gland is not making enough hormone because one of the jobs of the pituitary gland is to tell the thyroid to make thyroid hormone). Likewise, the cortisone is to replace the inadequate amount of glucocorticoids in your system, because the pituitary gland in not telling the adrenal glands to make enough of this chemical. Unfortunately, should you stop taking either of these hormones, the effects could be severe, if not life threatening. Thyroid hormone is important in maintaining body temperature, energy level, mental function, as well as the ability to respond to stress, be it emotional, physical, or due to illness. Corticosteroids, or glucocorticoids, are also important in the body's defense against stress, illness, infection, as well as basic functions. The heart, kidneys, blood pressure, body temperature, clarity of thought, energy level, and most of the bodily functions you can think of would all be adversely affected in the absence of these hormones. It is important that you and you health care provider work out a way for you to get these medications. There are many brand names, and companies that make these products. If one particular brand name is no longer available, see if you can get another. Should there be any lapse in your medications, keep in close contact with your provider to assure no serious consequences are occurring.
Answer: Human growth hormone is not usually administered to panhypopit patients.
However, that may be changing after studies done in growth deficient elderly patients
showing gain in muscle strength, mass, and sense of well being. Pituitary surgery does not
necessarily mean you are deficient. First, check your blood levels. Injectable is
currently the only administration route, but I suspect dermal delivery will be available
depending on reimbursement.
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